Thursday, December 17, 2009

You Tube - Paper Art: Going West

Check out this absolutely beautiful film sponsored by the New Zealand Book Council. Literature, sculpture and film... it's inspirational.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Alumni News - Erin Murrah-Mandril

Erin Murrah-Mandril recently had her second article accepted for publication.

Alumni News - Laura Matter

Laura Matter who graduated last year just had another essay from her dissertation taken by The Georgia Review, which is one of the best literary magazines going, and which won a National Magazine Award in 2007, beating out the likes of The New Yorker, Harpers and The Atlantic Monthly.

Alumni News - Karmen Lenz

Karmen Lenz, 2005 PhD Concentration in Medieval Studies in English, with distinction from the University of New Mexico, was awarded the Tom L. Popejoy dissertation prize in Languages and Literatures for her  dissertation on the Alfredian translation of Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy, with emphasis on Alfred's innovations to Boethius's poetry. In 2006, she was awarded a stipend to attend the National Endowment for the Humanities seminar titled "Holy Men and Holy Women of Anglo-Saxon England" through the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic Studies at Cambridge University. At the present, she is completing her fifth year as an assistant professor at Macon State College in Macon Georgia. Her course offerings include Old English, Medieval Media (introduction to medieval manuscripts), History of Print, Mythology and Folklore, Early English Literature, Literature of the Renaissance.  She also teaches Early British literature and Early World Literature survey courses. She has publications in Anglo-Latin liturgy and her studies in the Old English Boethius are under consideration by Rodolphi.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Publication news - Lisa Gill in Brevity

Lisa Gill had her third essay from her dissertation manuscript taken by a good literary magazine - Brevity, which grew out of the comps she just passed last month. Brevity is probably the finest venue for short form creative nonfiction. Their recent issue, fall 09, has an essay by Sherman Alexie.

Celebrating Student Writing

Monday, December 7, 2009

Bringing Austen to Life

Carolyn Woodward's Jane Austen class did a Reader's Theatre presentation of Lover's Vows as part of their work on Austen's Mansfield Park.

“In 'Mansfield Park,' the young people get into trouble for putting on a play. Not only that, but it’s clear they should be getting into trouble. It’s not a smart thing for them to be doing,” Woodward said. The play itself, by Elizabeth Inchbald, is a very sentimental 18th century play, she said.

“I thought it would be interesting for us, while studying the novel, to put on the play. We are doing a very abridged version of the play, performing it as the characters in the book would. The students understand the sexual tensions and the problematic nature of these young people putting it on.”